During a kickstart installation (Centos 6.0) of a server having this hardware:
- Areca 1880i 8-port SAS RAID PCIe 512MB cache
- Areca Battery Backup Module
- 6 Hitachi Deskstar 7K3000 HDS723030ALA640 64MB 3TB
I pressed ctrl+alt+del because I wanted to restart the kickstart installation. Restarting the kickstart installation in this way had worked before so I was surprised that the initialization of the Areca 1880i card failed at the next boot startup. First the computer showed this message for a few seconds
AMIBIOS(C)2009 American Megatrends, Inc. Supermicro X8DTN+-F BIOS Date: 03/17/11 16:42:32 Ver 2.1 CPU : Intel(R) Xeon(R) CPU E5620 @ 2.40GHz Speed : 2.40 GHz Count : 2 Press DEL to run Setup (F4 on Remote Keyboard) Press F12 if you want to boot from the network Press F11 for BBS POPUP (F3 on Remote Keyboard) Initializing IPMI module, please wait. Done Initializing USB Controllers .. Done. System Fan Control function has been enabled, FAN#1,2,3 will be monitored.
Then it showed
Waiting for F/W to become ready. 003/300 seconds elapsed..
where the time counter was incremented up each second. After 300 seconds a short message stated that it had timed out and after that a new reboot started.
Trying to solve the problem I unplugged the 2 power cables (the computer has 2 PSU) and plugged them in again. That didn't help as the computer timed out once again with the same message when I started it again.
How can I fix this?